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Goat (and chicken!) barn plans: thoughts?

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I am posting my rough plans for our brand new goat (and chicken, housed separately) barn, to be built before we move up to the new homestead in a year. I would very much like to hear your feedback, since we are newbies to the raising goats and chickens thing.

To start, we plan on only having 3 or 4 goats and 6 chickens, but we expect to increase that to up to 8-10 goats and a dozen chickens within a year or so. The barn plan is for 20' x 30', with a loft that extends over half the barn (to store hay). We want a concrete floor with a drainage slope towards the back, to easily hose out and clean the barn.

I want a big laundry-type sink (cold water only from same deep well that supplies our home) in the milking room (washing hands, rinsing equipment, etc.), as you see, so my husband will plumb for that (which will allow a hose to be attached to spray out the barn when needed.) I'm thinking the chick nursery can go inside the chicken portion of the barn with a heat lamp. Is there a problem keeping chicks in a separate area in the chicken coop?

I've seen plans where there is a straight-thru opening for a tractor drive-thru, and that appeals to both my husband and I in case we need to haul stuff in or out of the barn.

:) All comments appreciated! As you know, it's much easier to make mods now and incorporate them in the plan than wait until later. I know you all have ideas about the best way to do this. I would love to hear them.



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During the day, all goats will be in our small field (1 acre), and chickens will either be in the chicken run shown or in a separate chicken tractor that we will move around in our orchard area. At night, livestock will be in the barn for safety, since coyotes, hawks, etc. are in our neighborhood. We're thinking about getting guinea hens (to sound the alert for snakes) and a couple of guard dogs (coyotes). At least, that's the plan. We'll be in southern Alabama, near a swampy area.
We will be west of Dothan, about an hour or so.

Howdy neighbor! Small world.
Awesome idea, Melinda! I was wondering about using a chicken tractor vs. giving them a space in the barn. That might be the way to go, and let them share space in the "goat yard."

Thank you for comment!
Thanks for your comments! We're reconsidering the size, and it sounds like we should add 4' to the width for ease of access by the tractor. We'll be in a warm climate (only a few miles north of Florida), remember, so we don't expect the animals to be in the barn except at night, most days, so we don't think we'll need much more barn space as only up to a dozen chickens and goats will occupy the barn. Most of the year, the chickens will be in a separate chicken tractor that is moved around our orchard area. If they're only in the barn for a few months a year, hopefully we'll be able to keep that area clean. If they do get along well with the goats, I agree we can move them in with goats a couple of days per week while we clean out their area.

We've thought that if we pour a concrete slab that drains toward the center tractor path down the middle and out the back of the barn, that we would be able to keep it cleaner and more hygienic since I plan to milk the goats in the separate milk room and possibly sell resulting cheeses from the goats at a local farmer's market (I welcome comments or direction to a thread re. requirements for this?)

Many thoughtful comments and suggestions. Thanks again.
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I saw a barn with concrete cap ends on the floor with dirt between the concrete caps that allowed some drainage. Perhaps that is a compromise to an all concrete floor.
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